Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune farewell explains why he chose Celtics

Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune announcement, titled “Thank You, Utah,” is more than 2,100 words long and doesn’t really talk about the Boston Celtics until the final few hundred words. In journalism, you call that “burying the lead.” In lengthy farewell stories, though, that’s actually pretty normal. (Reminder: 99 percent of Players’ Tribune stories are ghostwritten.)

Here are some facts about the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors locked up Stephen Curry to a massive contract. Kevin Durant is next. The Warriors can expect an incredibly large tax bill just on account of the salaries owed to Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. The Warriors just convinced Shaun Livingston to take a small, short deal to stay. The Warriors rightfully believe they can win more titles with just their superstar core and spare parts, that Iguodala isn’t absolutely necessary to rampage over the NBA.

Iguodala has been meeting with other NBA teams seemingly since midnight struck on the East Coast and the 2017 free agency period opened. Reports suggest Iguodala has no meeting scheduled with the Warriors, which is interesting.

What’s more interesting is who Iguodala is meeting with. The first squad Iguodala met with after midnight: the San Antonio Spurs, widely believed to be the Warriors’ top challenger in the West. On Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys Saturday, Iguodala is set to meet with the Houston Rockets, perhaps the next great Warriors Order Cheap Jerseys Online rival after acquiring Chris Paul.

Shorter NFL preseason? Good idea for league, but a better bargaining chip

The headline — not just here, but in most places — is “Roger Goodell wants shorter NFL preseason.’’ The NFL commissioner has nearly unanimous consent. Who really wants to see these? Play in these? Coach in these? Attend, park and pay $9 for a beer for these?

Goodell expressed his thoughts about shortening the preseason to a Giants fan forum on Monday, so at least he’s on the record about it. But by no means is this a sworn statement to which he’s legally bound. If it comes up some other time, the question won’t necessarily be, “How soon can you drop these games?”

It might be more like, “What’s it worth to you if we do?”

At the same forum — again, Jets fans — the commissioner said, “I don’t think any team tanks,” and that, instead, they “go through transitions.”

And that all came just one day after his latest denial, at a similar forum of Ravens fans, that Kaepernick’s continued unemployment was a “football decision” by each team making “individual evaluations.”

Goodell conceivably could have pushed his speaking tour off for a week, let the hype build for the festivities in Canton and the return of the game that got canceled so embarrassingly last year. Facing the public now, with the potential for so much egg to hit so many faces (mostly his), appears to have helped no one.

The brand, or the shield, or whatever the NFL likes calling its public image these days, isn’t Nike NFL Jerseys Supply any better off after this.

All things considered, letting the drawn-out Elliott investigation cook another week is the Order Cheap Jerseys Online smartest call they and their leader have made in a while.